Projecting self confidence in a job interview

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Projecting self confidence in a job interview

BY Skillset 07 Jun, 2022

Self confidence is an important attribute to have in the workplace and when looking for work. In fact, a study by the University of Melbourne has found a strong link between confidence and success at work – employees who are more confident are more likely to get promoted and earn higher wages.

Being self-confident is a characteristic that many employers look for in job candidates. Confident employees are often enthusiastic and competent workers, as well as strong communicators and good role models for other team members.

So how do you project self confidence in a job interview? Here are Skillset’s top tips:

Be prepared

The best way of ensuring you project self confidence in a job interview is to be thoroughly prepared. As a first step it is recommended that you undertake some background research on the hiring organisation. Having information about the organisation prior to the interview is a big plus – it will help you understand how the organisation works, its objectives and values, and will put into context any questions asked at the interview. You can also use this knowledge when answering interview questions which will demonstrate your interest in the job you have applied for.

To undertake this background research, go to the hiring organisation’s website and find out as much information about the organisation as possible. In particular, visit the ‘About Us’ section on their website, learn who the bosses/management team are and read any blog articles about the organisation’s activities. Also check out their social media and research what others are saying about the organisation via independent and credible sources.

It is also worth doing some research on the job you are applying for. Therefore, ask for a copy of the position description for the role prior to your job interview. Make sure you read this before the job interview so you are across the key tasks and responsibilities required in the job.

Finally, in addition to undertaking organisation and job research, make sure you ready yourself for the interview by preparing responses to questions you might be asked and practicing these with family and friends – or if by yourself, practicing in front of the mirror or recording your responses on your phone. This practice will help reduce any nervousness you may feel on the day of the interview. Also, make sure you bring some questions to ask the employer/recruiter at the interview – this allows you to find out more about the role and will show you are genuinely enthusiastic about the organisation and the position.

Consider your appearance

As part of your job interview preparation activities, think about what you will wear to the interview. Keep in mind the industry you will be working in when choosing what clothing you will wear. If you are applying for a job in an office, you should wear business attire whereas if your interview is for a trade job, you could wear a polo shirt and work pants. At all times, make sure you are well-groomed and tidy, and stay away from wearing caps, sneakers, thongs, low cut tops and revealing clothing.

It goes without saying – if you look good, you are more likely to feel good and if you feel good, you are likely to be confident! So put some thought into your choice of clothing. Remember, first impressions count!

Think about your body language

During the job interview, it is important to not only focus on what you are saying but also what you’re not saying! Think very carefully about the body language you are using whilst speaking to the recruiter/employer. Make sure you show you are interested in the position you are applying for by:

  • Smiling when greeting the recruiter/employer
  • Using eye-contact
  • Sitting up straight
  • Nodding your head to demonstrate you are listening
  • Placing your hands in a neutral position – it is okay to ‘talk with your hands’ but try not to fidget with your hands or cross your arms during the interview.

Nailing positive body language in the interview communicates self-belief and confidence to the recruiter/employer – even if you don’t necessarily feel that way during the interview.

It is worth highlighting that almost everyone gets nervous in job interviews and it is completely normal to be a bit anxious. In fact, many recruiters and employers believe that nervousness in candidates during job interviews shows they really care about the job they are applying for! As a result, keep in mind the saying “fake it ‘till you make it” and maintain positive body language during the job interview to give yourself the best chance of winning the job!


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